VMHC has announced a plethora of options for learning at home.
The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) will be offering free online video content, webinars, student learning resources, and virtual tours as the museum is currently closed to the public following the guidance of state authorities in regards to the spread of COVID-19. The VMHC is currently the only local Richmond museum offering this extensive distance programming. These resources can be found at VirginiaHistory.org/AtHome.
“We are here to serve the people of this Commonwealth – to enrich their lives through the saving and sharing of Virginia’s long and complex history. While the museum must be closed so that we can do our part to stem the tide of this virus, we are eager to expand our relationship with our community – students at home and lifelong learners alike,” said President & CEO Jamie Bosket, “so long as we are able, we will use our staff talent to keep generating new content to share.”
History Lecture Archive
- Hundreds of hours of recorded lectures on topics spanning Virginia’s long history from some of the
biggest names in history.
- VMHC Educators will offer regular live webinars tailored for both student and general adult audiences,
- Wednesday, March 18: HistoryConnects: Women’s Suffrage Starter Pack (for students, 4th & 5th
- Monday, March 23: Picture This: Virginia in the 20th Century Webinar (for all ages)
- Thursday, March 26: HistoryConnects: Sign of the Times: Activism in the Suffrage Movement (for
students-middle & high school grades)
Online Learning for Students:
- VMHC’s rich content for students studying at home includes:
- Color Our Collections themed coloring pages available to print
- Educational Videos
- The Story of Virginia Digital Timeline
- Virginia History Explorer
- Other Learning Resources & Lesson Plans
- The VMHC offers virtual tours of its current major exhibitions, including:
- The Story of Virginia Exhibition
- Landscapes of Virginia Exhibition
- Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality – Coming Soon
- Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women’s Suffrage to Today – Coming Soon
- VMHC’s specialty gift shop is still available for online shopping. Enjoy a new book or video from our vast
history bookstore, historical games, or unique household and office décor.
For more details please visit our special webpage:
Black Bear’s Visit to Richmond Comes to a Safe End
No picnic baskets, bears, dogs, cats, or humans were harmed in today’s adventure.
A black bear decided to explore Richmond today. First spotted on the Northbank Trail he later headed into town. Previous reports earlier in the week had the bear up near Pony Pasture. The picture above is from RACC Instagram which reported on the sedation and transportation of the bear.
We just received a call about a bear-and it really was a bear. Sometimes we laugh and arrive on scene with a giant Rottweiler, but nope-this was a real bear. We named him Fuzzy Wuzzy. Shout out to @richmondpolice for helping keep us safe and to @virginiawildlife for tranquilizing and relocating the bear out of the City!
Here he is in town.
Editorial: Made more beautiful
“Sometimes, as in a forest, things have to burn to clear away the old, the dead, the decaying, to make room for new life.”
Originally on Life in 10 Minutes
It’s hard to put into words, but as you can see, I’m trying.
It’s hard to describe to someone who isn’t from Richmond, but I do want to try.
I grew up seeing those statues on a weekly or even daily basis. People from out of town (Yankees, carpetbaggers) don’t realize just how integral they are to this city.
They are not off in some historical park that you visit only on school field trips. Those statues are on a main thoroughfare, a graceful, sun-dappled avenue where many hundred-year old trees have not survived hurricane season and have had to be replanted. And yet the statues remain.
When I woke up Sunday and saw the images of those statues covered in graffiti, my eyes filled. Not in sadness but in pride, love, and hope.
I had to go see them for myself. I had to take my children.
So many different hands transformed them into their new existence. So many different colors of paint. So many perfectly conflicting messages of love, anger, rage, hope, peace . . . all coexisting in a gorgeous cacophony that was somehow utterly perfect.
My heart swelled to see them in person. There were skateboarders doing tricks using the base of the monument as a launch pad. There was a group of Black students protesting peacefully on the steps. There were kids climbing on them, jumping over the felled wrought-iron fences that protected them for a hundred years.
It felt like those statues were being reclaimed by the city that glorified them for too long.
It felt like visiting the Coliseum in Rome. We were there to see an ancient symbol, now in ruins, made more beautiful somehow by their ruining.
I can summon not even one ounce of sadness for the loss of their original state. They are better like this. They finally make sense.
Photos of these statues in their new form may be in history books in 50 years as a symbol of a change, like the Berlin Wall coming down, like protesters pulling over the statue of Saddam Hussein.
Do I exaggerate? That is how momentous it felt to me, a lifelong Richmonder who was raised to revere those statues both as important public art and as symbols of our history. They are new symbols now. They have finally been contextualized.
I grieve for George Floyd. I grieve for Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Marcus David Peters. Trayvon Martin. Philando Castille. Alton Sterling. Sandra Bland. There are too many to name.
But I do not grieve for the statues. I do not grieve for the Daughters of the Confederacy building. I do not grieve for old ideas. My heart swells with hope; my chest fills with pride.
Sometimes, as in a forest, things have to burn to clear away the old, the dead, the decaying, to make room for new life.
Critters of the Week
A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.
Where Spotted: Bryan Park
Common Name: Blue Jay
Scientific Name: Cyanocitta cristata
Length: 8.7 – 12 in.
Weight: 2.3 – 3.8 oz
Wingspan: 13–17 in
Quick Facts (Courtesy of the Cornell Lab)
- Thousands of Blue Jays migrate in flocks along the Great Lakes and Atlantic coasts, but much about their migration remains a mystery. Some are present throughout winter in all parts of their range. Young jays may be more likely to migrate than adults, but many adults also migrate. Some individual jays migrate south one year, stay north the next winter, and then migrate south again the next year. No one has worked out why they migrate when they do.
- The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. These calls may provide information to other jays that a hawk is around, or may be used to deceive other species into believing a hawk is present.
- Tool use has never been reported for wild Blue Jays, but captive Blue Jays used strips of newspaper to rake in food pellets from outside their cages.
- The pigment in Blue Jay feathers is melanin, which is brown. The blue color is caused by scattering light through modified cells on the surface of the feather barbs.
Kurt Cobain at Richmond SPCA
With the food out it’s less dangerous
Here we are meow, entertain us
I feel frisky and outrageous
Here we are meow, entertain us
Age: 8 years, 1 month
Gender: Neutered Male
To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.